a minor key with the notes D, E, F, G, A, Bu266D, C
D minor is a minor scale based on D, consisting of the pitches D, E, F, G, A, B♭, and C. In the harmonic minor, the C is raised to C♯. Its key signature has one flat. Its relative major is F major, and its parallel major is D major. D minor is one of the two flat-signature keys whose melodic and harmonic scale variations require the addition of a written sharp; the other is G minor. Some consider it the flattest key that is practical for a guitar to play. Of Domenico Scarlatti's 555 keyboard sonatas, which often borrow mannerisms from guitar music of the period, 151 are in minor keys, and D minor is the most often chosen minor key, with 32 sonatas. Nigel Tufnel, one of the members of the musical spoof megagroup Spinal Tap speaks of "a musical trilogy I'm working on in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why." Similarly, in the Calypso genre, the legendary Growling Tiger's plaintive "Let Them Fight Ten Thousand Years" sets out its lament of the high cost of living in the WWII era in D minor. J. S. Bach's entire The Art of Fugue is in D minor and, jokingly, so is P. D. Q. Bach's Musical Sacrifice. According to Alfred Einstein, the history of tuning has led D minor to be associated with counterpoint and chromaticism, and cites Mozart's chromatic Fugue in D minor. Mozart's Requiem is also written primarily in D minor. Of the two piano concertos that Mozart wrote in a minor key, one of them is in D minor, No. 20, K. 466. Sibelius's Violin Concerto is in D minor as is Schumann's, although many of the best-known violin concertos are written in D major. The tonality of D minor held special significance for Helene and Alban Berg.
The numerical value of D minor in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of D minor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.
It is just a minor surgery, the results are normally very good, this should never have happened.
Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.
Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
Images & Illustrations of D minor
Translations for D minor
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- ré mineurFrench
Get even more translations for D minor »
Find a translation for the D minor definition in other languages:
Select another language: